With the weather cooling down and the COVID-19 situation still at large, a weekend of staying in is looking likely. Once you’ve alphabetised your recipe books and colour coded your wardrobe, it’s time to let your hair down. Plenty of creative ways to fill your days ahead, from online gigs featuring music royalty to perfecting your sauce game with a Michelin chef.
Isol-Aid has got your weekend plans covered, following on from their huge debut online concert last weekend. Kicking off via Instagram at midday on Saturday 28 March, you can catch acts like Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett, Lisa Mitchell and Josh Pyke. To tune in, head to their Instagram for the setlist, and then go directly to the artist page to catch the sets. They’re asking for donations for their Support Act fundraiser if you’re able to help out.
MEDITATE WITH A—SPACE
Meditation studio A—Space has introduced School of Deep Feelings, a series of online sessions that range from meditation and mindfulness to talks and Q&A discussions. They’ve recruited psychologists, meditation teachers and healers to host free and unique sessions. Tune in to their Instagram Live at 8am each morning to start your day zen.
LIVE TASTING BAR WITH INNOCENT BYSTANDER
Head to a cellar door from the comfort of your couch this Friday, with weekly online tastings being hosted by Innocent Bystander’s sommelier. Head to their Facebook from 5pm on Friday 27 March for a deep dive into the world of pinot noir. They’re also offering 20% off their online shop along with free shipping, so you can play along at home.
HAPPY HOUR AT HOME WITH MADE IN THE SHADE
Late night bars Heartbreaker and The Everleigh are still making the cocktails you know and love, but now they’re slinging them straight to your front door. From 5-11pm daily they’re offering a range of hampers to suit every taste and budget, featuring their single-serve classics (Negroni, Martini and Manhattan), glassware, recipes and vouchers. Jump online and order Cocktails For Two for date night, or cheer up someone’s cancelled birthday plans with the Heartbreaker House Party hamper.
SMALL TIME TV
Brunswick’s artist development program Small Time is bringing live music direct to your living rooms, sharing a stack of live performances from local artists. Head to their Youtube or Facebook to check out live sets from Ruby Gill and Super American Eagle, with more content being uploaded daily.
COOKING WITH MASSIMO BOTTURA
Spend some time in the kitchen this weekend with Italian rebel chef Massimo Bottura. Famous for challenging the customs of classic Italian cooking, you can expect to learn a thing or two from the Michelin star chef. His Instagram is full of excellent quarantine cooking content, like the basics of a bechamel and classic chocolate sauce. He also goes live every day at 8pm CET (5am AEST), so if you’re up early you can catch him in real-time.
Find new ways to get physical at home with obscene beauty queen and fringe performer Betty Grumble. Join her live each day on Instagram at 10am for an aerobics/dance class that will leave you in stitches (in every sense of the word). For the full immersive experience make sure you don the leotard and legwarmers.
PAINT WITH BOB ROSS
Embrace the joy of painting at home this weekend with everyone’s favourite art tutor Bob Ross. With his bushy beard and sweet-tempered directions, you’ll easily lose half an hour to one of his landscape painting lessons. Find the tutorials on Netflix or Youtube and make it a sip and draw session by virtually inviting your friends with Watch2gether.
PICK UP SOME NEW RECORDS
You can’t go for a browse at your neighbourhood record store, but on Thursday 26 February Flightless Records are throwing a huge garage sale online from 9am. With discounted catalogue classics and merch, you can pick up a few winners to add to the collection and keep supporting the local music and retail scene.
HOST YOUR OWN NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS
You may have heard that the NGV has closed for now, meaning the cancellation of their after-hours Friday Nights series. Lucky for us, they’re taking things online with the NGV Channel. From Saturday 28 March that includes a virtual tour of Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Shake a martini and pop on a disco playlist while you take the tour in tribute to NGV’s epic Friday Night series.
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